Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

May 20 & 21, 2017
Quonset, Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Nation Guard annual airshow at the Quonset Point air base could not have asked for better conditions. They treated families, aviator’s, plane enthusiasts and photographers to an action packed weekend with some of the world’s best aviators in action. The planes ranged from F-16 Vipers to vintage WWII aircraft circling the skies over Narragansett Bay  in a spectacular display of daring and skill.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

The United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team opened the show jumping out of a Lockheed Martin c130 and trailing a 30 foot American Flag held by the lead jumper as they passed a baton in mid air and trailed smoke as the showed off their precision landing skills in front of the crowd. The Para-Commandos are representative of the Special Operations Forces and represent the Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, Air Force Combat Controllers and Marine Raiders.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

It was a kid friendly event that was perfect for families and as an extra bonus all the proceeds from the vendor’s profits goes to the Hasbro Children’s Hospital and other local charities. Patrons got to enjoy a world class airshow, eat, drink visit various displays and support local charities all in one afternoon.

  • Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )
    Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

The USAF F-16 Viper Demo Team streaked through the sky performing precision feats and high performance rolls. They showcase the capabilities of the jet and the expert pilots of the USAF.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Mike Goulian put is EXTRA 330SC Unlimited through a thrilling aerial aerobatic display of daring climbs, barrel rolls. Goulian is one of the top performers in the sport and it was evident in this performance. The high tech carbon-fiber and rugged steel plane is the world’s most high performance aerobatic airplane. He flawlessly swooped down low and upside down just feet above the runway before driving his craft straight up skyward and then tumble back toward earth. He showed his world class skills before a cheering crowd.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

The military brought out the Rhode Island National Guard Dynamic Military Display with soldiers giving a demonstration of troop deployment from a variety of aircraft. They used Apache helicopters and medical helicopters to show deployment of personnel and equipment including cannons, and vehicles as well as evacuation of personnel.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

John Klatt piloted The Jack Link’s Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco plane powered by dual power plants. It has a Pratt & Whitney 985 radial engine and a General Electric CJ610 jet engine with 3,000 pounds of thrust for a combine rate of 4,500 lbs. This jet can accelerate while climbing straight up and were both on hand to thrill the crowd with aerobatics and screaming jet powered antics.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Of course no Jack Link’s event would be complete without the Jack Links Sasquatch on hand to mingle with the crowd much to the delight of the kids on hand bringing smiles from toddlers and adults alike. I think I spied a dinosaur ambling through the spectators too.

The AV-8B Harrier V/STOL strike aircraft was brought out to show it’s capabilities in all conditions. It can take off and land on short runways and pitching aircraft carrier decks. It provides close air support, intermediate range intercept and attack missions. The versatile aircraft performed takeoffs, landing and was able to turn 360 degrees while staying in the same spot in front of the crowd. It was then able to rise up and take off to speed in seconds.

A 1940’s F4U Corsair piloted by Mark Murphy performed stunts and was put thru her paces. This was a popular aircraft from WWII and was proven in both the british and US military. The planes were flown off aircraft and were successful in downing 2,140 enemy aircraft during the war.

Sean D. Tucker took to the skies in the bright red Team ORACLE Challenger III. The legend of the air performed awe inspiring daredevil feats in the air. He is amazing in his ability to maneuver the plane into seemingly impossible positions. He dove down and went under, cut through and back under 3 cables strung across the airstrip just 30 feet above the ground. He spoke from the cockpit while performing and entertaining the spectators with enthusiasm and his trademark yell of “Yeah Baby!!” while screeching across the sky rolling and pitching his plane in amazing twists and turns.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

The Shockwave Jet Truck showed up and blasted its 36,000 horsepower down the runway. They even had a race between the Shockwave Jet Truck and Rob Holland in his MXS-RH. Holland and his Ultimate Airshows is the three time defending World Freestyle Aerobatic Champion raced the Shockwave Truck upside down down the track in a amazing feat of both skill, daring giving the spectators a visually stunning loud and fast jet race from ground and air.

  • Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )
    Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Randy Ball brought out his 26 years of airshow experience by wowing the crowd with an exceptional performance of the capabilities of the MIG-17 jet fighter. He powered his machine past the crowd at a screaming pace with low level runs to shoot straight up skyward at a breakneck speed. The spectacular aircraft looked like a couple wings hooked onto a huge engine.

  • Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )
    Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

The Geico Skytypers Air Show Team performed precision flight maneuvers with six aircraft simulation war time flight scenarios and amazing stunts. They performed low level flights in the WWII American SNJ-2 1940 and 1941 vintage trainers surrounding the crowd with beautiful precision flight from the world renowned team.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

All in all it is a great weekend event that changes it’s talent each year. Next year the Blue Angels are scheduled to appear again. So mark your calendars for May 2018 in Quonset, RI for a memorable weekend event.

  • Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )
    Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )
Newport Charter Show (Photo by Billy Black)

Newport Charter Show (Photo by Billy Black)

 

The Newport Yachting Center will be decorated with a collection of world-class yachts for the 30th Annual Newport Charter Yacht Show (June 18-21), which has garnered great enthusiasm from the marine industry under the show’s new owner, Newport Harbor Corporation. The four-day show, which will take place in historic downtown Newport, R.I., is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and caters to not only the charter trade but also consumers (attending with brokers) who can learn more about charter options in New England and world-wide through access to luxury yachts from 50 to 200 feet, industry focused seminars and ancillary goods and services.

 

“We have 24 yachts signed up to-date, and our number of on-site exhibitors has doubled from last year,” said Event Chair and Director of Newport Exhibition Group Tom DeLotto, adding that this year the show is directly preceding the America’s Cup World Series in Newport. “Everything is really coming together, and we could not be more pleased with the industry support from brokers, agents and marine businesses.”

 

Nicholson Yachts is one of the local firms that will be participating this year and currently has five yachts registered to appear at the show. “I’ve seen so many positive changes already, “said Owner and President of Nicholson Yachts Karen Kelly-Shea (Newport, R.I.) who has participated in the show since 1992. “The Newport Yachting Center is a great venue for the yachts and the perfect showcase for ‘selling’ charters starting in Newport, the sailing capital of New England.”  Kelly-Shea explained that seminars at the show will focus on chartering in New England as an exciting, budget-conscious option to the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

 

“Having the show in Newport with tourism representatives from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine will help brokers from other parts of the country book summer charters,” said Kelly-Shea. “As far as local support goes, local charter brokers I’ve talked with are very positive about the changes, and the list of exhibiting vendors includes some of the best marine businesses on Aquidneck Island. After the show finishes I look forward to lots of emails and phone calls from brokers ready to book yachts in Nicholson’s charter fleet!”

 

Delotto added that the cost for a week-long charter in New England can be as low as $8000 for three couples.  “You don’t have to charter a mega yacht for $100,000, though we do represent those options at the show.  Brokers have all sorts of options, including vacations on charter yachts in the 40-50 foot range.”

 

Rikki Davis Yachts at Churchill Yacht Partners has five yachts listed in the show this year. “The main benefit of having the show in Newport is the experience the brokers get from being in this great city where they can glean first-hand knowledge of the location they will be selling to their charter clients,” said Maggie Vale (Newport, R.I.), a charter yacht broker for the company, who has been attending the Newport show for the past eight years. “In this industry we are selling a location as well as a product.”

 

DeLotto said that the supporting marine businesses, which include Gold Sponsors AERE’ Docking Solutions and The Private Journey, are “extremely vested” in the event.  The week kicks off with a Welcome Cocktail Reception, sponsored by The Hinckley Company and IGY Marinas (Monday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m.), in the Hospitality Tent (open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), which is sponsored by West Marine Megayacht Supply, and starting off each day of the show are the industry-focused seminars (8:15 a.m.) sponsored by ClearStone Coating.”

 

Among other Newport Charter Yacht Show supporters are Lanyard Sponsor Crew4Crew Yachts; Bronze Sponsor Dockwise Yacht Transport and In-Kind Sponsor Sea Bags.

 

Supporting Sponsors to-date are American Yacht Charter Association, Bluewater Books & Charts, BURGER, Come Sea U.S., Crown Bay Marina, GYF Global Yacht Fueling, Maritime Professional Training, Ocean Medical International, Oversee Yachts, Providence Jet Center – Quonset, U.S. Superyacht Association, Ward’s Marine Electric, Westrec Marinas and  Yacht Insiders Guide, while Media Partners are Boat International Media, Dockwalk and ShowBoats International. The Charitable Partner of 2012 is YachtAid Global.

 

Spotlight:  Culinary Competition

Chefs aboard participating charter yachts will go whisk-to-whisk on Wednesday, June 20 for the Newport Charter Yacht Show’s Culinary Competition, which has been split into two classes: the Grande Class, for chefs on yachts 100 feet and above, and the Premier Class, for chefs on yachts 99 feet and under.

For the Grande Class, the morning of the event, chefs will be provided with a “mystery basket” full of ingredients along with a short list of ingredients that can be used from their pantries. They will then return to their respective galleys to prepare four servings of a meal of any cuisine, and local restaurant chefs will determine a winner.

For the Premier Class, the chefs will prepare seafood chowder, the quintessential dish of New England and have free reign over the ingredient choices. Once the dishes are complete, show attendees will be invited to visit every competing yacht’s galley to taste the creations. Ballots will be provided onboard each yacht and the winner determined after results are tallied.

 

The winner of both the Grande and Premier Class will be announced at the Chef’s Awards Ceremony in the main tent that day at 4 p.m.

Newport Charter Boat Show (Photo  by Onne van der Wal)

Newport Charter Boat Show (Photo by Onne van der Wal)